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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Etienne De Crecy

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2009 04:10pm | Post a Comment
127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."

- By Scott Butterworth

Coachella Lineup    Etienne De Crecy

Day #17 - Artist #17 - Etienne De Crecy:
Etienne De Crecy
Until I attended Coachella in 2006, I always thought of DJ/Electronic music as something that was just anonymous background music in a dark club. Even the few DJs that became superstars throughout the '90s and '00s hardly had a "face" to their music in a traditional popular music sense. I mean, except for a few strobe lights at the raves out in the desert, the DJ could be performing his set from inside a port-a-john and the crowd wouldn't know if there was even a DJ on stage or not.

But the top DJ/electronic acts booked at Coachella have started a trend over the past several years of turning the large Sahara Tent Stage ("Dance Tent"), which might otherwise be 10 hours of monotonous strobe lights and loud music, into a complete rock and roll spectacle, which is fitting since Coachella is one of the preeminent rock festivals in America. And this year, Etienne De Crecy is going to bring his unique spectacle to the "Dance Tent" toward the top of the bill, Saturday April 19, 2009.
Etienne De Crecy Cube
Etienne De Crecy is a French DJ and producer who was very influential in pulling the spotlight toward the Paris dance music scene in the 1990s, working with renowned French artists Air, Alex Gopher and Phillipe Zdar, among many others. He first made a name for himself with his collaboration with Zdar in 1991 called Motorbass. He shined on his own for the first time with the album Super Discount in 1994, and followed that in a tad bit different direction on Tempovision in 2000. Both earned praise from dance music critics around the world. He's been laying low for a while but he's ready to make his long awaited return at Coachella this year.

Etienne De Crecy is bringing his infamous "Cube" show to North America for the first time at Coachella 2009:


Here's a couple clips from Coachella's recent DJ performance innovators.

In 2006, Daft Punk landed their spaceship and claimed sovereignty over the Coachella "Dance Tent" with their robot shtick. Here is "Harder Better Faster Stronger" from their Alive tour (2006-2007):


In 2008, Justice closed the weekend with one of the most cathartic DJ/electronic sets I've ever seen, including the obligatory rock and roll staple, tall stacks of Marshall Amps flanking both sides of the stage. This is "Phantom" from Coachella 2008:


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